Lentz, Lincecum Named Top Propects
Aug. 17, 2004
Washington sophomore pitchers Richie Lentz and Tim Lincecum have bothnamed the top prospects in their summer league by Baseball America magazine.Lentz was named the top draft prospect in the New England Collegiate BaseballLeague (NECBL) while Lincecum was named the top prospect in the PacificInternational League (PIL).Lentz, from Woodinville, Wash., led the Newport (R.I.) Gulls to the final game ofthe league championship series as the Gulls' closer. During the regular season,he was 2-0 with a 1.66 earned run average and posted nine saves beforenotching three more in the playoffs. His fastball was reportedly clocked as highas 97 miles per hour.Lincecum, from Renton's Liberty High, saw limited duty for the Seattle Studs,but nonetheless distinguished himself as the PIL's top prospect. After earningPac-10 Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year, he helped lead the Studs tothe league title and a berth in the NBC World Series in Wichita.Five UW players were listed on Baseball America's top 10 PIL prospects list: No.2 Kyle Parker (sophomore RHP/Aloha (Ore.) Knights), No. 4 Zach Clem (juniorOF/Bellingham Bells), No. 8 Taylor Johnson (senior OF/Seattle Studs) and No.10 Nick Batkoski (senior IF/Seattle Studs).The Huskies return to the field for the fall practice season in September andopen the 2005 season Feb. 11 at UC Irvine.